Latest Puerto Rico News

New fellowship gives $25,000 grants to Puerto Rican writers

May. 12, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new fellowship co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide $25,000 for emerging and established Puerto Rican writers. On Wednesday, the Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund announced the establishment of the...

Scientists offer look into life as Caribbean volcano erupted

May. 12, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The three scientists credited with helping save lives ahead of a recent explosive volcano eruption in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent are known to locals simply as Richie, Rod and TC. The team huddled indoors for weeks on little...

Man arrested in Puerto Rico after killing dog on golf course

May. 10, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico police said Monday that they arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a dog that had stolen his ball on a golf course at a well-known resort. Authorities identified the man as Salil Zaveri and said the shooting occurred...

Grand jury indicts Puerto Rico boxer in lover's death

May. 06, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A grand jury on Thursday indicted Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo in the killing of his pregnant lover, a case potentially eligible for the death penalty. The indictment was announced as dozens of people — some bearing flowers, balloons...

Puerto Rican boxer held without bail after lover found dead

May. 03, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo held without bail after he was charged in the death of his 27-year-old pregnant lover whose body was found in a lagoon. Verdejo is charged with kidnapping and carjacking...

The Latest: Colo. governor extends statewide mask mandate

May. 02, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

DENVER — Colorado’s governor has extended a statewide mask mandate for another 30 days, but loosened face covering requirements for groups who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Under Gov. Jared Polis’ new executive order, people gathering inside in groups of 10 or...

Puerto Rico groans under pandemic as health, economy suffer

May. 02, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico seemed to be sprinting toward herd immunity this spring before people began letting their guard down against COVID-19 and new variants started spreading across the U.S. territory. Now, a spike in cases and hospitalizations has...

US tourist killed in Puerto Rico after no-photo warning

Apr. 27, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The burned body of a 24-year-old tourist from Delaware was identified on Tuesday, three days after he and a friend were attacked following a drug purchase in a seaside San Juan district popular with visitors, Puerto Rico police said. Police...

Ex Puerto Rico justice secretary charged in government probe

Apr. 26, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities charged a former Puerto Rico justice secretary with ethical violations and obstruction of justice Monday in a case involving an ex-governor of the U.S. territory. Wandymar Burgos faces a $15,000 bond and a preliminary hearing in...

Apple Music launches more than 100 city-focused music charts

Apr. 26, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Music is coming to a city near you — the streaming service has launched daily music charts focused on particular cities around the world, including New York City, Tokyo and Lagos. The streaming service unveiled City Charts on Monday for more than...